Why a Back-to-School Eye Exam Is Essential for Every Child

Sep 1, 2023

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It’s back-to-school season! That means shopping for new clothes, stocking up on school supplies, and getting your child’s annual check-ups. Many parents prioritize the yearly physical exam but forget about their child’s eye health. The truth is a back-to-school eye exam is just as essential as a physical exam. In this blog post, we’ll discuss why every child needs an eye exam at the start of the new school year. 

1. Many vision problems go undetected. 

According to the American Optometric Association, one in four children have an undetected vision problem. These problems can interfere with your child’s ability to succeed in school and their personal life. Vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can cause headaches, difficulty concentrating, and poor academic performance. An eye exam can detect these problems early and ensure that your child is seeing clearly. 

2. Eye exams can detect other eye conditions.  

Vision problems are not the only eye-related issues that your child might suffer from. Some eye conditions, such as amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), and color vision deficiencies, can negatively impact a child’s learning experience. An eye exam can detect these conditions and ensure prompt treatment, which can prevent irreversible vision loss or even blindness in some cases. 

3. Good vision is essential for learning. 

Being able to see well is essential for learning. If your child cannot see the board or read a book clearly, they will struggle to learn. A pediatric eye exam can ensure that your child’s vision is functioning well and there are no obstacles to their learning. 

4. Vision changes occur rapidly in children. 

Children’s eyes change rapidly as they grow. They may need new glasses or contact lenses more frequently than adults. A yearly eye exam can ensure that your child’s prescription is up to date and their eyes are healthy. 

5. You set an example for good eye health. 

By prioritizing your child’s eye health, you’re setting an example for good eye health. Children follow by example, and they are more likely to prioritize their eye health when they see their parents doing the same. Schedule your child’s annual eye exam today and make it a habit. 

6. Poor vision can affect your child’s self-esteem. 

Poor vision can significantly impact their self-esteem and confidence. Children who have difficulty seeing, reading, or participating in the classroom may feel left out or hindered. Addressing vision problems through an eye exam, glasses, or other treatments can enhance a child’s self-confidence and ensure a positive learning experience. 

Don’t wait for your child to tell you they are having vision problems. Schedule an appointment with us today in Avon or New Hartford and ensure that your child is ready to learn this school year. Let’s start this new school year with clear vision and healthy eyes!